Apr 7, 2021
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Shachibato! Brings Japanese Sensibilities to the Tactical Roguelike

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Shachibato! — or to use the full title, Shachibato! President, It’s Time for Battle! Maju Wars, is a strategy-RPG. It’s based in the world of the Japan-only mobile game and its spinoff media. Thankfully for Western audiences, though, it’s largely a standalone experience. Maybe it’s not on your radar? But it packs some interesting ideas that could change that.

In Shachibato!, you control an adventuring company and build up your team as you defend a city from monsters. Dungeons are turn-based, grid-based affairs. These strategy elements feel traditional and familiar, with unit archetypes that make it easy to quickly parse the board. It’s a time management game as much as a tactics game, too. There’s limited time between…



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